Cleaning, Disinfection,
and Sterilization Conference
October 8th - 9th | Virtual Conference
Registration will open July 15th

Cleaning, Disinfection, and Sterilization Conference

October 8th – 9th, 2020 | Virtual Conference

The presence of bacteria, viruses, and fungi can lead to infections and outbreaks in critical spaces in numerous healthcare settings. These organisms are ever evolving, sometimes antibiotic resistant, which increases the challenge of preventing infections. To eradicate these infections infection preventionists (IPs) work across their organization and to minimize contamination risks and ensure that medical instruments and equipment are properly cleaned and reprocessed.

Cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization are essential elements of infection prevention and control (IPC) programs in all health care settings and are critical in preventing the spread of harmful microorganisms. Microorganisms (i.e., bacteria, fungi, viruses) are present throughout our environment and can cause infection. The environment can serve as a breeding ground for these organisms if not properly cleaned, disinfected and sterilized which is one of the many reasons these topics are of utmost importance to infection preventionists as this helps to decrease or prevent the spread of these organisms to your patients.

This dynamic and engaging event was designed for IPs looking to advance their career and gain knowledge in these three areas that are critical to being an effective partner in your facility. Learn, grow, and network—all in a condensed, 2-day format. Our educational sessions will increase your fundamental knowledge and provide practical skills you need to protect patients in your facility.

Registration will open July 15th

Why Attend?

The CDS Conference brings together infection preventionists for insightful discussions around the most pressing issues relating to cleaning, disinfection and sterilization. You have the unique opportunity to advance your knowledge and skills, learn about effective practice, and build your network with a diverse community of IP professionals. You will be able to connect, strategize and benchmark with industry peers and foremost experts on actionable solutions for today and the future.

This conference gives you access to interactive learning with leading experts in your field and engage in valuable peer-to-peer networking and discussion around the IPC issues and challenges you face every day.

Accreditation, Contact Hours, and Evaluation

Attendees will be able to earn contact hours for this activity.

APIC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

To receive your credit hours, you must complete all program components as listed above, including the program evaluation online. Course evaluations will be available via an online link provided in course materials. All evaluations must be completed within 30 days. After satisfying all evaluation requirements, a certificate of completion will be available to print and/or for your records indicating contact hours.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by APIC or the American Nurses Credentialing Center of any commercial products displayed or discussed in conjunction with an educational activity. While APIC is approved to provide contact hours, APIC’s educational programs may be eligible for continuing education units from other accrediting bodies. Please contact the accrediting body for more information on eligibility requirements and submission instructions.

Conference Registration

Member $595
Non-Member $695
CIC Workshop Only: $405
CIC Workshop with Registration $305 ($100 discount)
Group 3-4* $675 per person
Group 5+* $650 per person

*APIC offers special group registration options for organizations registering three or more individuals from the same institution for a course.

Group Registration

  1. Contact for the group registration form.
  2. Complete a registration form for each individual and submit with group form for pricing to Please note: All registrants must be identified at this time and no late additions will be permitted.
  3. A group invoice will be generated for processing of payment (credit card or check) for registration.
  4. Each registrant will receive an email confirmation once payment is processed and registrations are complete.

Cancellation and Substitution Policy

Cancellation requests must be received by APIC via fax or email prior to the start of the conference. No refunds will be granted after the conference start date. A $75 cancellation fee will be assessed if the request is received on or before the early registration deadline. Participants who are “no shows” will not be granted a refund or credit. Please submit cancellation requests to or via fax to (202) 789-1899. Substitutes are allowed.

All substitution requests must be received by APIC Headquarters via fax or e-mail 10 days prior to the start of the course.

Hotel and Travel

Mountains meet modern at Hilton Denver City Center. The hotel is located in the heart of downtown, walking distance from the Mile High’s top restaurants and attractions. Top Denver attractions are within walking distance of this hotel, including Larimer Square, Coors Field, Union Station, and the Performing Arts Center. We offer a dedicated Uber/Lyft station, pedicabs, the 16th Street Mall shuttle and light rail stations.

Experience Denver

Founded as a gold-mining town, Denver’s striking mountain ranges and untouched wild beauty provided the perfect landscape for settlers after the gold rush. Denver would go on to provide ample opportunity for convenient transport for a plethora of significant historical events like processing minerals during World War II to serving as a hub for federal activity. Denver has seen a variety of industries pass through its gates over the years. As home of Denver’s historic Union Station, Confluence River Park, and flanked by the majestic Rocky Mountains, Denver remains a city of innovation. Once filled with hopeful prospectors, Denver continues to serve as a treasured center for cutting-edge movements and events and will be home to APIC’s 2020 CDS Conference.
Things to do in Denver.

Travel Information

The Denver International Airport is 24 miles from the hotel which is approximately a 40-minute drive. Estimated taxi fare: 60 USD (one way). Uber, Lyft and other car share apps are also available at the airport. You can also take the rail or super shuttle. More information can be found here.


What is APIC?

APIC is a member organization comprised of over 16,000 Infection Preventionist (IPs) and Epidemiologist. Our valued members have been at the forefront of the COVID-19 outbreak, and we have been here to support them just as we were for the Ebola outbreaks and will we will collectively continue to support patients and advocate for infection prevention and control (IPC). Since 1972, we have worked to share, education, and implement the IPC standards various in healthcare settings working to reduce healthcare associated infections (HAIs).

Preparing for the CIC Exam?

Maximize your time and register for the CIC® Certification Preparatory Course Preconference Workshop on October 7. This course is designed for those preparing to take the CIC exam or recertification exam. You will learn the fundamental concepts of IPC practice and provide test preparation tips, strategies, and practice questions. Access guidance for developing a personal study plan and identify test-taking strategies.

This pre-conference workshop can be added to your full conference registration with a savings of $100 or purchased as a standalone event.

What is being done to ensure your safety?

The well-being of our attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and staff is our #1 priority.

APIC is committed to implementing conscious and intentional processes to not only combat this virus but also promote healthy best practices. We are working with the hotel and vendors to ensure that the safest social distancing measures are put in place during the conference. Measures implemented may include protocols such as setting up the education sessions to allow for 6 feet of space between chairs, making hand sanitizer stations available throughout the event and meals be provided in a no-contact way.

We are closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and World Health Organization’s (WHO) statements regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and following guidelines from these agencies and the local health departments. More details on our social distancing protocols safety measures will be released as we get closer to the conference date.

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